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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

This is an Eritrean restaurant, our first. Meals are eaten with fingers and using what is effectively a thick crepe made using an African grain meal flour. The food was quite spicy and we did end up with turmeric stained fingertips but we did enjoy the food and it was a very friendly and reasonably priced meal. Better than greasy... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My wife and I were taking my 22 year old vegan daughter out for here last restaurant meal before she started hiking the AT up in Maine. My wife and daughter ordered something called sponge bread onto which they put all sorts of cooked vegies and i think a little lamb. They really liked it. It had two very small... More 

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Mountain View, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Came in on a Sunday night when passing through Portland, no one else around, but greeted with very friendly service and enthusiasm by the owner. Ordered red lentils and collard greens, service was relatively quick and dishes were flavorful. It would have been great to have a vegetarian sampler plate with more dishes for 1-2 people, but no big deal.... More 

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Calais, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

the injerra (pancake "plates") were delicious. Both of our selections were excellent, and they had some Kenyan beer that we liked. (Tusker).

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

On a little side street tucked away in the center of downtown Portland you will find a gem! It is a very very casual environment reminiscent of a really old burger king or cafeteria. Don't be deterred! This is some of the best Ethiopian/Eritrean food I have had in this country. Vegetarian options galore. Unique and delicious flavors. Be brave.... More 

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Only having eaten Ethiopian food once (in Washington, DC) and enjoyed it very much, I wanted to give this place a try and am happy about the experience. The place is tiny, unpretentious, and the food is super tasty. Even something as simple as red lentils, my favorite side dish, carried remarkable flavor. The real surprise (as in odd) was... More 

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Huntington, West Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then the Asmara Restaurant in Portland is it. The food is delicious, spicy or not, to your taste. Eritrean food is similar to Ethiopian, but the difference is worth sampling. Try their sweet tea with plenty of sugar along with your meal for a nice complement. My favorite is the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This was a new culinary experience for both of us. The service was friendly and they seemed to genuinely enjoy helping us to learn the cuisine. The aromas make your mouth water immediately and the food does not disappoint. A great place to visit and an excellent starting point for us!

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Groton, Massachusetts
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292 reviews 292 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Friendly smiley server and cook - simple decor - very authentic food perfectly spiced. The sweet african tea is lovely. Couple of tips - no cutlery you eat with your hands - but remember just your right hand never the left! All in all great place - but you need to be adventurous.

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Portland, Maine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I am from Maine but lived near Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles for fifteen years. When I decided to move back, one of the first things I did was to search for an Ethiopian restaurant in Portland. I was so pleased to find this one and very excited about trying it as soon as I got back to town. I... More 

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Additional Information about Asmara Restaurant

Address: 51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
Phone Number: 207-253-5122
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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